The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced today that Express Entry draws will soon resume and reveil and opportunities for international graduate students.
Travel restrictions throughout most of 2020 and 2021 delayed the processing of overseas applications, which led to an increase in the size of the processing inventory. To manage this inventory, IRCC temporarily paused invitations to apply under the federal high-skilled streams, including the Canadian experience class, federal skilled worker class and federal skilled trades class.
As a result of the temporary pause, the federal high-skilled processing inventory has been cut by more than half, decreasing from approximately 111,900 people in September 2021 to just 48,000 people by March 2022. This inventory will be further reduced by July 2022, allowing IRCC to return to the service standards that the clients expect.
EXPRESS ENTRY DRAWS RETURN DATE
Express Entry draws will soon resume and that invitations for candidates to apply for permanent residence will begin in early July.
Invitations to apply will resume in early July, and the vast majority of new applications will be processed within the 6-month service standard.
BENEFIT FOR GRADUATED INTERNATIONALS – PGWP HOLDERS
Minister Fraser also announced today a new temporary policy that will give recent international graduates with expiring temporary status an opportunity to stay in Canada longer, so that they can continue to gain work experience and have a better chance at qualifying for permanent residency.
Starting in summer 2022, former international students who are in Canada and have a post-graduation work permit expiring between January and December 2022 will qualify for an additional open work permit of up to 18 months. IRCC is currently exploring a simplified, expeditious process for this, and details will be made available in the weeks ahead.
These talented and skilled international graduates play a vital role in addressing our labour shortage, and those nearing the end of their post-graduation work permit are already well-integrated into Canada’s labour market and work in key industries across the country. Tens of thousands are able to successfully transition to permanent residence each year, including more than 157,000 former students who became permanent residents in 2021, with more than 88,000 of them transitioning directly from a post-graduation work permit to permanent status.
This additional open work permit will allow applicants to continue contributing to the Canadian economy, helping address our labour shortage while gaining valuable work experience and preparing their Express Entry profiles.
BRIDGING OPEN WORK PERMIT
Applicants who also apply for an open work permit ( known as Bridging Open Work Permit) while they wait for their permanent residence application to be processed will be able to get work permits that are valid until the end of 2024. This will ensure all permanent residence applications will be finalized before applicants need to apply to extend their temporary status again.
To support family reunification, the immediate family members included in a principal applicant’s permanent residence application who are outside of Canada will be eligible to get their own open work permit.
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